Fly With An Astronaut | Dan TaniAug 19, 2018 09:15 AM - Aug 19, 2018 01:30 PM Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Tour Kennedy Space Center with an Astronaut Guide
Explore Kennedy Space Center as part of a small group with your astronaut guide. Discover the birthplace of America’s space program with an experienced space explorer by your side as you tour Space Shuttle Atlantis® and blast off on Shuttle Launch Experience®, along with touring the iconic sites of Kennedy Space Center by motor coach. Savor a catered lunch!
- $199 for adults and includes daily admission
- $174 for children ages 3-11 and includes daily admission
- Annual passholders pay only $149 for adults and $134 for children. Annual passholder Fly With An Astronaut tickets are only available by calling 855-456-6597.
- Tour is scheduled 9:15 am to 1:30 pm.
- Space is limited to 43 participants.
- This tour may not be suitable for young children due to the length of the tour and minors must be accompanied by a participating, paying adult over the age of 18.
- Guests must be a minimum of 44"/111.76 cm to ride the Shuttle Launch Experience.
Note: Astronaut(s), times, dates and tour/dining locations are subject to change.
During his time as an astronaut, Mission Specialist Dan Tani flew two space shuttle missions and worked on the International Space Station (ISS) for 120 days as a flight engineer. Tani graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1988 with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. NASA selected Tani to be an astronaut in 1996.
Tani’s first flight to space, STS-108 Endeavour, launched December 2001. While in orbit, Tani completed a spacewalk tasked with wrapping thermal blankets around the station solar array gimbals. Tani then served as an aquanaut for NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory in 2002. Tani and his fellow crew members lived and worked for one week beneath the Atlantic Ocean as training for the extreme conditions of space.
His second spaceflight, STS-120 Discovery, launched October 2007 to join ISS Expedition 16. Tani stayed in orbit for 120 days and performed five spacewalks totaling 34 hours and 59 minutes. He also served as ISS Branch Chief and as Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM).
After retiring from NASA in 2012, Tani was named Vice President of Mission and Cargo Operations for Orbital Sciences Corporation, now known as Orbital ATK. In 2016, he left Orbital ATK and joined the faculty at the American School in Japan teaching science, engineering and design.